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Babylon actor Adam Deacon sectioned under Mental Health Act

2015-06-07 16:06:37

Adam DeaconAdam Deacon had been due in court on charges of affray and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

The actor Adam Deacon, best known for his roles in the film Kidulthood and Channel 4 police drama Babylon, has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, a court has heard.

Deacon had been due to appear at Thames magistrates court in Bow, east London, on Friday, to face charges of affray and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. The case had been adjourned from 6 March.

However, the court was told that Deacon was being held under section two of the Mental Health Act and was being treated in hospital.

The actor’s lawyers asked for a six-week adjournment and the case will now be heard at the same court on 30 April.

The charges relate to an incident on 6 January, when police were called to the street on which the 32-year-old lives, in Bethnal Green, east London. They had received reports that a man armed with a long-bladed knife was threatening passers-by.

The previous day a warrant had been issued for Deacon’s arrest after he failed to appear at Hammersmith magistrates court in west London, accused of harassing the actor Noel Clarke. Deacon allegedly posted abusive and threatening messages on social media relating to Clarke, who wrote and directed the 2006 film Kidulthood and the sequel Adulthoodreleased two years later.

Noel ClarkeActor Noel Clarke. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Deacon starred as the character Jay in both films. He went on to win the Bafta rising star award in 2012 for directing the urban comedy Anuvahood. The award, which was based on votes by customers of a mobile phone network, saw him defeat Chris O’Dowd, Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne.

He was charged on 20 December last year with one count of harassment without violence between 5 March and 19 December. His bail conditions stated that he was not to contact Clarke or any member of Clarke’s family or friends, and was not to post anything on any social media website relating to Clarke.

Deacon was raised on a council estate in Hackney, east London, and won a scholarship to the renowned Anna Scher stage school.

His first roles were on ITV dramas The Bill and London’s Burning and at the age of 19 he played the leader of the East Staines Massiv in Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2002 film Ali G Indahouse.

In 2009 Deacon wrote a piece for Comment is Free about knife crime after the Londoner Ben Kinsella was killed the previous year.

Source: theguardian.com

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